Cinnamon is a spice that comes from the branches of wild trees that belong to the genus “Cinnamomum” – native to the Southeast Asia, South America, and the Caribbean. In India cinnamon grown in 1 or 2 locations in Kerala. We usually use known cinnamon powder as a whole spice which is used to be added in veggies to enhance their taste. But you are not aware of that cinnamon has a lot of medical values.
What are different types of Cinnamon?
According to the international market of cinnamon, 4 kinds of cinnamon are mostly used. They are:
- Ceylon cinnamon (True cinnamon): it originates from Sri Lanka. A highly valued culinary and medicinal spice. It is 10 times expensive than cassia cinnamon.
- Cassia cinnamon (Chinese cinnamon): originates from southern China and less expensive than Ceylon cinnamon
- Vietnamese cinnamon
- Burmanii or Indonesian Cinnamon
What are common usages of Cinnamon?
Cinnamon is used as a flavoring agent in teas, soft drinks, and bakery products such as puddings, cereals, pies, donuts, granola bars, pastries, and cakes.
Cinnamon is often added to candy, oatmeal, toast, tea or coffee, hot chocolate, and in chewing gums.
Cinnamon is also a common ingredient in many Indian dishes. Cinnamon also used in the perfumery industry. It is also an ingredient in many medicinal formulas to improve the aroma and taste of the medicine.
Health benefits of cinnamon:
- High Source of Antioxidants
Cinnamon ranked as seven antioxidant herb on the planet, scoring a 131.000 oxidant score. It is incredibly powerful in terms of its antioxidant benefits. Cinnamon loaded with a variety of protective antioxidants that reduce skin cell damage and slow the aging process.
- Having Anti-inflammatory effect
Antioxidant activity of cinnamon has anti-inflammatory effects, which may help lower the risk of cancer, heart diseases, brain function decline, and more.
- Cuts the Heart Disease risk
Studies have shown that another health benefit of cinnamon is that it reduces several of the most common risk factors for heart disease, including high cholesterol levels, high triglyceride levels, and high blood pressure.
- Fights Diabetes by lowering the blood sugar levels
Cinnamon is known to have an anti-diabetic effect. It helps lower blood sugar levels and also can improve sensitivity to the hormone insulin, which is the vital hormone needed for keeping blood sugar levels balanced.
- Helps in preventing the Cancer
Because of its antioxidant abilities, cinnamon can protect against DNA damage, cell mutation, and cancerous tumor growth. Studies have revealed that the cinnamon may actually prevent the spread and growth of cancer cells.
- Helps Defend Against Brain disorders
Research also shows that another benefit of cinnamon’s protective antioxidant properties is that they can help defend the brain against developing neurological conditions, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
- Fights Infections & Viruses
There are many benefits of cinnamon when it comes to defending the body from illnesses. Cinnamon is a natural anti-microbial, antiviral, antibiotic, and anti-fungal agent. The cinnamon’s essential oil has immune-boosting abilities.
- Good for Dental and Oral Health
In studies, the extracts found in cinnamon were shown to be protective against bacteria living in the oral microflora that could cause tooth decay bad breath, cavities, or mouth infections. Cinnamon oil used to combat bacteria in the mouth, acting like a natural anti-bacterial mouthwash.
- Good for Skin Health
Cinnamon has antibiotic and antimicrobial effects that protect skin from rashes, irritations, allergies, and infections. Applying cinnamon essential oil directly to the skin can be helpful in reducing inflammation, pain, swelling, and redness.
- Immune Boosting Abilities
Cinnamon is very well known to have significant effects on the immune system and it will highly boost human body’s immune system.
How much Cinnamon cost?
In India cinnamon costs about roughly Rs 250 per kg.
Indian names of Cinnamon
- Cinnamon in Hindi : Dalchini, Darchini
- Cinnamon in Urdu : Dalchini
- Cinnamon in Gujarati : Dalchini
- Cinnamon in Punjabi : Dalchini
- Cinnamon in Telugu: Dalchina Chekka
- Cinnamon in Tamil : Karuvapattai, Sannalavangapattai
- Cinnamon in Kannada : Lavangapattai
- Cinnamon in Bengali : Dalchini
- Cinnamon in Malayalam : Karuvapatta
- Cinnamon in Marathi : Dalchini
- Cinnamon in Oriya : Dalchini
- Cinnamon in Sanskrit : Darushila
Amitandu Biswas is a passionate author with a keen interest in health and culture-related topics. Subsequent to completing his education from University of Calcutta, Amitandu has served in various capacities within the content and media creation as a Content leader with The Viral Shots, Sub-editor with CTVN – Plus and Reported with Ganobikash, Kolkata.
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